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COVID-19 Information for Parents and Carers: January 2022 Update

Latest government COVID guidance for Parents and Carers updated January 2022


Please click on the link below to see the latest government guidance for parents and carers regarding schools. The guidance around using lateral flow tests for children under the age of 11 years has changed and this IS now recommended. 


What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges - GOV.UK (


Here is a summary of what you need to know:


As you will be aware, cases of COVID continue to rise nationally and the picture across Newark is the same, with a rise in cases. We are continuing with our current risk assessment until 26th January when the next government review of guidance will take place and ask that Parents and Carers support by following the guidelines below:


Covid risk assessment


Please continue to use lateral flow tests at home at least twice a week. If anyone shows symptoms of COVID or is a contact of a positive case or has a positive lateral flow result, they should get a PCR test. 


Children under the age of 18 years 6 months and anyone fully vaccinated do not need to isolate if they are a contact of a positive case, but do need to lateral flow EVERY DAY for 7-10 days to ensure that they are not bringing COVID into the community. You can order Lateral flow tests through this link:


 Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (


Please  inform the school office of any positive lateral flow, definite contact with a positive case or a positive PCR result immediately, preferably by email on or by phone (01636 683353). Please let us know the date any tests are taken which have shown a positive result so we can report this in line with government, local authority and public health expectations. 


If there is a positive case in the family, we ask that your child has PCR test before returning to school, again inform the school office by email  or phone as above and we will be in touch. 


We will liaise directly with you regarding remote learning for your child whilst they are at home. 


On our school grounds


We ask that parents and carers wear a face covering if possible and leave the school site quickly at drop off and pick up times. Your support in this is appreciated - thank you.


Access to school is for essential contact only and anyone entering the school site will be asked to wear a face covering.


Staff will wear a face covering in communal areas, however they will not wear them in their classroom or work areas.


Children of primary school age are not required to wear a face covering.


Breakfast and After School Club will run as normal.


Thank you for your continued support, please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you have any queries or concerns.